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CryptoLocker is not a new virus threat. It has been around for several years and is a well-known and documented potentially devastating business threat. In the words of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC https://www.cyber.gov.au/)
CryptoLocker is "A particularly malicious type of ransomware which, once installed on your computer, encrypts and locks all of the files on the infected computer. A pop-up window will then display on the computer screen requesting payment of a ransom in return for a key to unlock the encrypted files. Paying the ransom does not guarantee removal."
If your IT infrastructure falls to a 'CryptoLocker' your entire business will lose access to every aspect of your day to day systems. That means employees unable to work, sales unable to happen, receipts or bills unable to process; culminating potentially in brand damage, loss of reputation leading to significant 'recovery' expenditure.
Having the correct defensive IT security procedures to prevent infection are well known and implementable. However, threat vectors from these viruses evolve as the bad actors behind them try to circumvent the current protective strategies.
To counter this, DC Two continually evolve and monitor these threats to ensure our partners and customers IT systems and infrastructure are best protected with a Crypto Failsafe approach to ensure the best possible systems for prevention and recovery.
Recently our security team had to provide emergency assistance to an Australian based multi-national IT service provider who had both their internal and entire client networks locked down, this included both live and backup server infrastructure. In this case, many of the known defensive strategies were not fully implemented (due to a combination of factors including lack of best practice knowledge regarding systems being used, decisions made based on cost and to a certain extent complacency as to impact potential). This has resulted in potentially devastating financial impact for those infected businesses.
DC Two can assist you in auditing your IT infrastructure and provide guidance and options to implement a Crypto Failsafe set up. With the appropriate procedures, network topology, education and planning not only will your IT infrastructure be best protected from infection, it will also be more resilient. Recovery from problems will counted in minutes or hours as opposed to days.
For more information on how to prevent CryptoLocker as well as crypto safe backups contact DC Two.
DC Two is a company with whom we have an excellent working relationship. In the past two years, we have been rapidly growing our business with them. They are now one of our largest customers in WA and for good reason. Not only are they are technology experts, they also recognise that technology exists to support a business outcome. They are easy to talk to and are willing to listen when exploring new ideas. I have found them to be responsive, honest and trustworthy and I would not hesitate in recommending them as a potential business partner to anyone.
- Gary Roberts, Digicor